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04/16/2019 01:00 PM TRANSPORTATION

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+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HJR 12 NORTHERN RAIL EXTENSION TELECONFERENCED
Moved HJR 12 Out of Committee
+= HB 23 SNOWMOBILE REGISTRATION FEES TELECONFERENCED
Moved SSHB 23 Out of Committee
*+ HB 123 ELECTRIC-ASSISTED BICYCLES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            HOUSE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         April 16, 2019                                                                                         
                           1:12 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                             DRAFT                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Louise Stutes, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Adam Wool, Co-Chair                                                                                              
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Representative Andi Story                                                                                                       
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
Representative Sara Rasmussen                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Matt Claman                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12                                                                                                   
Supporting  the  completion  of   the  Northern  Rail  Extension;                                                               
supporting  the  increase  in   defensive  capabilities  at  Fort                                                               
Greely,  Alaska;  and  encouraging the  development  of  critical                                                               
Arctic infrastructure.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HJR 12 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 23                                                                                        
"An Act relating to registration fees for snowmobiles and off-                                                                  
highway vehicles."                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SSHB 23 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 123                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to electric-assisted bicycles."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 12                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: NORTHERN RAIL EXTENSION                                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TALERICO                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
03/13/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/13/19       (H)       MLV, TRA                                                                                               
03/19/19       (H)       MLV AT 2:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/19/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/19/19       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
03/21/19       (H)       MLV AT 2:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/21/19       (H)       Moved HJR 12 Out of Committee                                                                          
03/21/19       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
03/22/19       (H)       MLV RPT 4DP                                                                                            
03/22/19       (H)       DP: RAUSCHER, JACKSON, TARR, LEDOUX                                                                    
04/02/19       (H)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
04/02/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/02/19       (H)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
04/16/19       (H)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  23                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: SNOWMOBILE REGISTRATION FEES                                                                                       
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) NEUMAN                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
02/20/19       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/7/19                                                                                
02/20/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/20/19       (H)       TRA, FIN                                                                                               
03/13/19       (H)       SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE INTRODUCED-REFERRALS                                                                
03/13/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/13/19       (H)       TRA, FIN                                                                                               
03/26/19       (H)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/26/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/26/19       (H)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
04/16/19       (H)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 123                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ELECTRIC-ASSISTED BICYCLES                                                                                         
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) WOOL                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
04/05/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/05/19       (H)       TRA, JUD                                                                                               
04/16/19       (H)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WILLIAM GAMBLE, Staff                                                                                                           
Representative Mark Neuman                                                                                                      
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented HB 23 on behalf of Representative                                                              
Neuman, prime sponsor.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
RICKY GEASE, Director                                                                                                           
Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (DPOR)                                                                                 
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)                                                                                           
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions pertaining to HB 23.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MARLA THOMPSON, Director                                                                                                        
Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)                                                                                                
Department of Administration (DOA)                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions pertaining to HB 23.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
DAN SADDLER, Legislative Liaison/Communications Director                                                                        
Office of the Commissioner                                                                                                      
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)                                                                                           
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions pertaining to HB 23.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ANNE RITTGERS, Staff                                                                                                            
Representative Adam Wool                                                                                                        
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Provided  a PowerPoint  presentation during                                                             
the hearing  on HB 123,  on behalf of Representative  Wool, prime                                                               
sponsor.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:12:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  ADAM  WOOL  called the  House  Transportation  Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to  order  at   1:12  p.m.    Representatives                                                               
Drummond, Talerico, Story,  Stutes, and Wool were  present at the                                                               
call to order.   Representative Rasmussen arrived  as the meeting                                                               
was in progress.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                 HJR 12-NORTHERN RAIL EXTENSION                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:12:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL  announced that the  first order of  business would                                                               
be HOUSE  JOINT RESOLUTION NO.  12, Supporting the  completion of                                                               
the  Northern   Rail  Extension;   supporting  the   increase  in                                                               
defensive capabilities  at Fort  Greely, Alaska;  and encouraging                                                               
the development of critical Arctic infrastructure.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:13:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO,  as prime  sponsor of HJR  12, suggested                                                               
his  presentation  of  HJR 12  [on  4/2/19]  covered  everything;                                                               
therefore, he asked if members had questions for him today.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:13:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STUTES noted  there was  a  zero fiscal  note, and  she                                                               
asked the sponsor whether there would be another fiscal note.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:13:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO answered there  would not be, because HJR                                                               
12 asks for full federal funding.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:14:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   STORY   characterized   HJR  12   as   "a   good                                                               
opportunity" and said she is  pleased to see the joint resolution                                                               
"brought forward."                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:14:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL concurred.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:14:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND  mentioned  her experience  touring  the                                                               
rail line last  summer with other legislators and how  one of the                                                               
uses of the rail line could  be for farmers to move their product                                                               
and avoid having  to drive a difficult highway.   She opined that                                                               
the legislature needs  to support its farmers,  wherever they are                                                               
in  the state.   She  expressed  support for  finishing the  rail                                                               
line.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:16:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STUTES moved  to report  HJR 12  out of  committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  zero  fiscal                                                               
note.  There  being no objection, HJR 12 was  reported out of the                                                               
House Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
               HB 23-SNOWMOBILE REGISTRATION FEES                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:16:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL announced that the  next order of business would be                                                               
SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE  FOR HOUSE  BILL NO. 23,  "An Act  relating to                                                               
registration fees for snowmobiles and off-highway vehicles."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:16:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILLIAM GAMBLE,  Staff, Representative Mark Neuman,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature,  presented  SSHB  23  on  behalf  of  Representative                                                               
Neuman,  prime sponsor.   [The  first  presentation having  taken                                                               
place on  3/26/19], Mr. Gamble  offered to answer  questions from                                                               
the committee.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:17:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STUTES  asked  for greater  specificity  regarding  the                                                               
current use of funds.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:17:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. GAMBLE offered his understanding  that Governor Mike Dunleavy                                                               
has taken the  money out of the Fiscal Year  2020 (FY 20) budget;                                                               
however, he  said he cannot  answer as  to the intentions  of the                                                               
governor for funds  that "come in through" the  Division of Motor                                                               
Vehicles (DMV).                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:18:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  WOOL recollected  that  the bill  sponsor  had said  he                                                               
wanted  the  fees to  go  to  trail  maintenance -  snow  machine                                                               
trails, in particular.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. GAMBLE  confirmed that is correct.   He said the  name of the                                                               
program is Snow Track.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:18:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICKY GEASE,  Director, Division of Parks  and Outdoor Recreation                                                               
(DPOR), Department  of Natural Resources  (DNR), stated  that the                                                               
division  oversees the  Snowmobile  Trails Grant  Program.   Last                                                               
year the  division had approximately $400,000  total in requested                                                               
funding, of  which $180,000 in receipts  came from DMV.   He said                                                               
minus the administration  fees, the division put  out $158,000 in                                                               
grants  for trail  grooming, which  is  about 38  percent of  the                                                               
overall requests.  With more  money coming in, along with receipt                                                               
authority, the division could give out more money.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:19:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL  observed that SSHB  23 would double the  amount of                                                               
money coming  in; however,  the actual  amount would  not double,                                                               
since there would be a  provision wherein people could spend less                                                               
by paying  for more years  up front.   He asked  whether $350,000                                                               
would be "a fair target."                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. GEASE  answered that according  the fiscal analysis,  that is                                                               
correct.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:20:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STUTES  asked whether  the requests  to which  Mr. Gease                                                               
referred were specifically for trail maintenance.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:20:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  GEASE responded  that the  majority  of it  went toward  the                                                               
grooming of  trails.  He noted  that some money was  requested to                                                               
cover the  cost of putting up  safety signage.  In  response to a                                                               
follow-up question,  he said  the intent  behind the  increase of                                                               
fees  under SSHB  23 would  be to  cover the  trail grooming  and                                                               
signage.   He said the  Snow Track Advisory Council  reviews [the                                                               
applications], and  the money is  distributed to the groups.   He                                                               
spoke of larger equipment used  for maintenance, and he mentioned                                                               
volunteer  organizations.   He clarified  that  the equipment  is                                                               
owned by the nonprofit organizations.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:22:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL  asked whether he  is correct in thinking  that the                                                               
money  allocated for  trails "is  not going  to be  entirely used                                                               
inside the state parks."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. GEASE  answered that what  Co-Co-Chair Wool was  referring to                                                               
is a  different program called  the Recreational  Trails Program.                                                               
In  response to  a follow-up  question from  Co-Chair Stutes,  he                                                               
clarified that  funding for the  Snowmobile Trails  Grant Program                                                               
comes from  snowmobile users  paying a  registration fee  to DMV,                                                               
and  then,   through  the  receipt   authority,  that   money  is                                                               
transferred to DNR  to allocate to the grantees of  the program -                                                               
the groomers across the state.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:24:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL  asked whether any of  the funds go to  other uses,                                                               
such as maintenance of summer trails.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  GEASE answered  that  all  the funds  are  used to  maintain                                                               
winter trails;  however, sometimes "fat tire"  bicycle riders use                                                               
the snow machine trails.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:25:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  GAMBLE noted  that  almost  12 percent  of  the receipts  go                                                               
towards  administering the  program.   He  said it  is all  self-                                                               
funded.   He stated,  "It's no  cost to DNR,  except for  the ...                                                               
[snowmobile]  registration  fees;  they   pay  for  all  the  ...                                                               
administration of the program itself."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:25:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY shared her  appreciation for the legislative                                                               
research  information  that shows  what  the  cost of  snowmobile                                                               
registration is  in other states,  as well as "the  community use                                                               
of the registrations across the state."                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:25:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND referred  to the  fiscal note  [from the                                                               
Department of Administration, included  in the committee packet],                                                               
and noted that  the revenue is listed as  an undesignated general                                                               
fund (UGF).   She offered her understanding  that funds specified                                                               
for  expenditure  in   a  specific  way  are   categorized  as  a                                                               
designated general fund (DGF).                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:26:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARLA  THOMPSON,  Director,  Division of  Motor  Vehicles  (DMV),                                                               
Department  of Administration  (DOA),  said the  fiscal note  was                                                               
"double-checked," so it  is UGF.  Notwithstanding  that, she said                                                               
she  would  check with  an  administrator  and  get back  to  the                                                               
committee on the issue.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:27:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAN SADDLER, Legislative  Liaison/Communications Director, Office                                                               
of  the  Commissioner,  Department of  Natural  Resources  (DNR),                                                               
explained  that  the money  is  raised  by registration  fees  on                                                               
snowmobiles, which are  collected by the DMV.   The money, funded                                                               
by capital  grants, is UGF;  it is  "available to any  program to                                                               
spend"  and  is allocated  through  the  capital budget  to  DNR,                                                               
through capital grants.  In  response to Representative Drummond,                                                               
he said  he does not  think the proposed legislation  directs the                                                               
funds to be spent on the  Snow Track [Grant Program]; however, he                                                               
stated, "I think the expectation is that's what would happen."                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:29:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STUTES  moved to  report SSHB 23  out of  committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  the  accompanying fiscal  notes.                                                               
There being no  objection, SSHB 23 was reported out  of the House                                                               
Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:29:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The  committee  took an  at-ease  from  1:29  p.m. to  1:32  p.m.                                                               
[During the  at-ease, Co-Co-Chair  Wool passed  the gavel  to Co-                                                               
Chair Stutes.]                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
               HB 123-ELECTRIC-ASSISTED BICYCLES                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:32:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STUTES announced that the  final order of business would                                                               
be  HOUSE BILL  NO. 123,  "An Act  relating to  electric-assisted                                                               
bicycles."                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:32:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL, as  prime sponsor, presented HB 123.   He read the                                                               
sponsor statement,  which read  as follows  [original punctuation                                                               
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     The purpose  of HB 123  is to clearly  define electric-                                                                    
     assisted bicycle  in statute.  Currently, the  state of                                                                    
     Alaska does  not have any laws  pertaining to electric-                                                                    
     assisted bicycles, nor  related references to operating                                                                    
     licenses, safety  requirements, local traffic  laws, or                                                                    
     related definitions. An  electric-assisted bicycle does                                                                    
     not fit into existing definitions  of any other type of                                                                    
     vehicle.  A  new definition  in  statute  is needed  to                                                                    
     address electric-assisted bicycles  to remove confusion                                                                    
     for electric-assisted bicycle owners and retailers.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     On the  municipal level, the Municipality  of Anchorage                                                                    
     defined  low-speed electric  bicycles in  2016. On  the                                                                    
     state level, thirty-three states  in some manner define                                                                    
     electric   bicycles.   Adding  this   definition   will                                                                    
     regulate  electric-assisted  bicycles  as a  bicycle                                                                       
     clarifying  that  Alaskans  do   not  need  a  driver's                                                                    
     license  or  wear  a helmet  to  operate  an  electric-                                                                    
     assisted   bicycle;    they   are   not    subject   to                                                                    
     registration,  licensing,   or  insurance  requirements                                                                    
     that apply to motor vehicles;  and they may be operated                                                                    
     where regulations  currently allow  for bicycles  to be                                                                    
     operated.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Please join  me in supporting  House Bill 123  to bring                                                                    
     our  statutes  up  to  date  to  reflect  technological                                                                    
     advances related to electric-assisted bicycles.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  WOOL  explained  that  a  constituent  with  a  revoked                                                               
driver's license was  pulled over and told he could  not ride his                                                               
electric bicycle, and that was the impetus for HB 123.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:34:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNE  RITTGERS, Staff,  Representative  Adam  Wool, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  on behalf  of Representative  Wool, prime  sponsor,                                                               
offered a PowerPoint  presentation on HB 123.  As  shown on slide                                                               
1, she  noted that electric-assisted  bicycles are  not currently                                                               
defined  in statute;  the  objective  of HB  123  is to  regulate                                                               
electric-assisted  bicycles   as  bicycles;  update   statute  to                                                               
reflect technological  advances; and  bring clarity  to consumers                                                               
and  retailers  on  electric-assisted  bicycle laws.    She  drew                                                               
attention  to slide  2, and  pointed out  that the  definition of                                                               
electric-assisted bicycle therein could also  be found in Section                                                               
8 of the proposed legislation.   The definition shows on slide 2,                                                               
as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     A bicycle that is:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     ? Designed  to travel with  not more than  three wheels                                                                    
     in contact with the ground                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     ? Has fully operative pedals for human propulsion                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     ? Is equipped with an electric motor that:                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          ? has  a power output  of not more than  750 watts                                                                    
          (1 hp)                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          ? provides assistance only when the rider is                                                                          
          pedaling                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          ? ceases to provide assistance to the rider when                                                                      
          the bicycle reaches a speed of 28 miles per hour                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. RITTGERS  turned to slide  3, which shows  states highlighted                                                               
in green or yellow as  having varying levels of electric-assisted                                                               
bicycle definitions/classifications.   Slide 4 shows  an image of                                                               
an electric-assisted  bicycle, which  has a battery  pack, motor,                                                               
and pedals.   She said some electric-assisted  bicycles look like                                                               
regular bicycles,  because the battery  and motor are  encased in                                                               
the bicycle frame, as shown on  slide 5.  Ms. Rittgers pointed to                                                               
some differences in mopeds and  scooters, such as their variation                                                               
in  engine size  and  that  they do  not  have fully  operational                                                               
pedals or pedal assist, as seen on slide 6.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:37:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  RASMUSSEN  asked  whether there  is  anything  in                                                               
current statute about [using  an electric-assisted bicycle] while                                                               
under the influence of alcohol.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. RITTGERS  answered that currently  there is no  driving under                                                               
the  influence  (DUI)  in  statute  for  those  riding  bicycles;                                                               
therefore, because the intent of  HB 123 is to regulate electric-                                                               
assisted bicycles  as bicycles,  a rider of  an electric-assisted                                                               
bicycle could  not get  a DUI.   She said there  is only  a small                                                               
class of  electric-assisted bicycles that  go up to 28  miles per                                                               
hour (mph); the majority travel at speeds less than 20 mph.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:38:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  WOOL acknowledged  Representative Rasmussen's  concern.                                                               
He said  a person  riding a  bicycle under  the influence  can be                                                               
cited, but he/she will  not get a DUI, because it  is not a motor                                                               
vehicle.   He specified that although  a bicyclist can get  up to                                                               
higher  speeds   going  downhill,  the  assist   function  of  an                                                               
electric-assisted bicycle cuts off at 28 mph.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:39:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STUTES  directed attention  to the map  on slide  3, and                                                               
noted that  those states highlighted  in yellow are  reflected as                                                               
having a  "3-tier classification  system."   She asked  what that                                                               
means.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RITTGERS  answered  that Class  1  is  an  electric-assisted                                                               
bicycle that  can travel  at speeds  up to 20  mph; Class  2 also                                                               
goes  up  to 20  mph,  but  with an  option  of  pedal assist  or                                                               
throttle; and Class 3 goes up to 28 mph.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:40:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY, considering  the speed  of up  to 28  mph,                                                               
asked  whether  other  states  have helmet  laws  that  apply  to                                                               
operators of electric-assisted bicycles.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:40:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  WOOL  answered  that there  are  states  that  regulate                                                               
bicycles  that  have  an  option of  not  pedaling;  some  states                                                               
include helmet  laws.  He said  he didn't want to  go into helmet                                                               
laws and age requirements in HB  123.  In response to a follow-up                                                               
question,  he said  it is  not that  he does  not think  it is  a                                                               
safety issue, but rather that  he just wanted to treat [electric-                                                               
assisted bicycles]  like regular  bicycles, which he  pointed out                                                               
can go faster than  28 mph.  He opined that  people should wear a                                                               
helmet on a regular bicycle;  however, he reiterated that that is                                                               
not a  requirement under Alaska state  law.  He pointed  out that                                                               
Alaska  does not  even have  a  helmet law  for people  operating                                                               
motorcycles.    He  said  he   has  ridden  an  electric-assisted                                                               
bicycle, and  he shared how  his brother retrofitted  his sister-                                                               
in-law's bicycle and how that helped her on hills.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:44:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  RASMUSSEN stated  that she  believes it  would be                                                               
beneficial to discuss  the requirement of wearing a  helmet.  She                                                               
said her mother  has an electric bicycle and fell  off it perhaps                                                               
the first  three or four  times she  rode it, because  it "jumps"                                                               
sometimes when it goes into assist mode.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:45:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  WOOL concurred.   He  emphasized the  need for  bicycle                                                               
riders to  wear helmets.   He  said he  requires his  children to                                                               
wear helmets.  He pointed out  that there is a big learning curve                                                               
to riding  a Segway,  but there  is no  helmet law  on them.   He                                                               
questioned whether people  would want the state  or government to                                                               
dictate  [helmet  requirements].    He  reiterated  his  previous                                                               
statements  about  leaving   the  electric-assisted  bicycles  in                                                               
alignment with laws about bicycle  riding.  He also repeated that                                                               
he is "happy to have the discussion."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:46:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND noted  that  the  Bicycle Helmet  Safety                                                               
Institute  website lists  Anchorage, Bethel,  Juneau, Kenai,  and                                                               
Sitka as communities  that have had laws in place  since the mid-                                                               
2000s  requiring  children  under  16 or  18,  depending  on  the                                                               
community, to  wear helmets when  they ride  bicycles; therefore,                                                               
"communities are  taking care  of their young  people as  they so                                                               
choose."  She indicated her own  house rule is that children will                                                               
wear helmets [when riding bicycles].                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:47:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY inquired  as to when a  discussion of helmet                                                               
requirements has taken place in Alaska.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:47:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. RITTGERS answered  that the only requirements  she found were                                                               
related to helmets required for  passengers on motorcycles, those                                                               
younger  than  18  operating  a  motorcycle,  those  operating  a                                                               
motorcycle  with  an  instruction  permit,  and  those  taking  a                                                               
motorcycle road test.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:48:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL  stated that  some municipalities  can and  do have                                                               
laws  regarding electric-assisted  bicycles.   For example,  some                                                               
cities allow them to be ridden  on bicycle trails, while other do                                                               
not allow  it.  He  indicated that HB  123 spells out  that local                                                               
municipalities   can  [adopt   stricter  regulations]   regarding                                                               
electric-assisted bicycles.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:48:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. RITTGERS,  in response to Representative  Story, advised that                                                               
that language is in Section 3 of the bill.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:49:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO shared  his appreciation for HB  123.  He                                                               
said he does not think  [electric-assisted bicycles] are a trend,                                                               
thus  the state  should  see  steady growth  in  their  use.   He                                                               
characterized the sponsor's bill as timely.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:49:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STUTES  echoed Representative  Talerico's  appreciation                                                               
for HB  123 and said she  thinks people will be  surprised by the                                                               
number of  electric-assisted bicycles  that will  be seen  on the                                                               
road.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
[HB 123 was held over.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:49:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Transportation Committee meeting was adjourned at 1:50 p.m.                                                                     

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 23 Supporting Documents - Support Email (1).pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB0123A 4.16.19.PDF HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Sponsor Statement 4.16.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Sectional Analysis 4.16.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Supporting Document - Presentation 4.16.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Fiscal Note HB123-DPS-COM-04-12-19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 123 Fiscal Note HB123-DOA-DMV-4-13-19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 123
HB 23 ver M LS 0267M Sponsor Substitute 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Sectional Analysis ver LS0267M 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Request For Hearing 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Sponsor Statement 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - 2018 Alaska State Parks Trail Grooming Pool Maps 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - 2018 Snowmobile Trail Development Program and Grants Budget Line Item 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - 2018 Current Snowmobile DMV Registration Fees 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - Anchorage Daily News Article.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - AS 28.10.421 - Snowmobile registration fee statute 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - AS 28.39 - Snowmobile law 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - Dayna Mackey DNR Email 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - DMV Currently Registered Snowmobiles 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - DNR-DPOR Ethan Tyler SnowTRAC Program Data 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - FAQ's Snowmobile Trails Grant Program Updated March 2018 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - FY2019 Snowmobile Trails Grant Program Capital Project 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - Legislative Research Other States Registration Fees 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - Letter To Governor Dunleavy 3-25-19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - Resolutions and Letters of Support 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents - Trail Grooming Photo 3.12.19.jpg HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 ver LS0267M Statement Of Changes - Sponsor Substitute 3.12.19.pdf HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 ver A LS0267A 3.12.19.PDF HTRA 4/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 23